British sailor Alex Thomson today smashed the world record for the greatest distance sailed solo in 24 hours notching up 536.81 miles on Hugo Boss. This new record awaits ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council.
During the 24-hour period between 0700hrs yesterday and 0700hrs today, he sailed Hugo Boss at an average speed of 22.36 knots. His 24-hour distance beats the record of 534.48 miles set by French sailor François Gabart in the 2012-13 edition of the Vendée Globe. He actually bettered Gabart's record two weeks into the race, sailing 535.34 miles in 24 hours, but the rules of the record state it must be superseded by one whole mile.
The skipper of Hugo Boss has done better than on that day (16th November) and has won back the 24-hour record, which he held between 2003 (468.72 miles) and 2012. In spite of this record pace off the Azores, Armel Le Cléac'h is also at high speed sailing 515.5 miles at an average of 21.5 knots. In the 0800hrs UTC rankings, Banque Populaire VIII was 73.3 miles ahead of Hugo Boss.